Charles Henry Churchill
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: RESPECT AND AFFECTION. 19 vities were prolonged, with all the usual accompaniments of horsemanship, singing, and rejoicing, in a manner to charm and gratify their unsuspicious visitor. At last, in one of those moments of temporary oblivion, produced by the constant round of the jovial cup, and when, according to Eastern usages, sweetened confectionary is introduced to give a zest and variety to the palling senses, a plate was placed near the Emir containing white and red-coloured sugar-plums. Two of the Emirs engaged to accomplish the fatal plot, sitting near and sharing the contents of the dish, occasionally, with the usual marks of hilarity and mirth, signified their sense of respect and affection, by picking out the red sugar-plums (which had been poisoned) and pressing them on their guest's attention, who cheerfully accepted and swallowed the proffered selection. The sudden arrival of some messengers from Safet, demanding the Emir's immediate presence, prematurely broke up the festal meeting; and, at dawn of day, amidst the warmest expressions of devotion and attachment, the Emir bade farewell to his relations, and took his departure from his 20 COURAGE AND ZEAL. ancestral abode. On crossing the Jordan, a slight faintness seized him, which he attributed to the indulgence of the preceding days. As he passed the waters of the Lake of Houle, his silver tankard could hardly supply fast enough the cravings of his raging thirst. The Lake of Tiberias burst upon his burning eye-balls like a sea of molten lead; and, as he turned to ascend the rugged pass which leads to Safet, the deadly poison curdling in his veins, too truly warned him of his wretched fate. He died in that fortress, after an illness of three days; and, in the year 1706, the Emir Heider, at the age of ei...
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